DURHAM, N.C. – Maia Carvalho and Caroline Donado represented the Haverford College women's fencing team at the 2020 Mid-Atlantic/South Regional Championships over the weekend. With the 2020 championship being hosted by Duke, this regional is widely considered the most challenging of any across the entire NCAA.
Following her second-team All-EWFC performance just a couple weeks ago, Carvalho made her second consecutive trip to the regional championships and improved her final position from a year ago by six places. Defeating Teny Odaimi of Stevens and Rachel Zhang of Johns Hopkins, Carvalho's only defeats came against Division I competition as she missed advancement into the top 24 by just a single victory after a 2-3 record in the first pool. She was credited with a 28th place finish.
A first-year sabriste, Donado placed 32nd overall during her regional championship debut. Coming off of her own EWFC All-Star recognition, she took down Stevens' Kiera Barnes by a 5-3 score and fell in a hard-fought 5-4 matchup with Wagner's Abagael Buckborough. Donado's strong rookie campaign came to an end when the field was cut to 24.
With the conclusion of the season this past Saturday, the Haverford College women's fencing team certainly has a strong nucleus to build around in the coming years with both of the regional qualifiers returning to the strips for the Fords. However, the Haverford will also bid adieu to seniors Zuyi Wang and Katie Bradley after their incredible impact over the past four seasons.